Direct Express Cards
What is the Direct Express card?
The Direct Express card is a debit card you can use to access your benefits. And you don't need a bank account.
With the Direct Express card program, your federal benefit payment will be deposited directly into your card account. Your monthly benefits will be available on your payment day - on time, every time. You can use the card to make purchases, pay bills or get cash at thousands of locations.
And most transactions are free.
The Direct Express card is both safer and more convenient than paper checks. Any receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income payments can enroll. No more waiting for the mail or worrying about lost or stolen checks.
Why should I sign up for electronic payments?
How do I use the Direct Express card?
The Direct Express card is simple and easy to use. You can use it to:
How secure is the Direct Express card?
The Direct Express card offers a number of benefits that make it safer and more secure than checks:
Can I use the Direct Express card without any fees?
Yes, it is possible to use your card for free. There is no sign-up fee and no monthly account fee. Many other services are provided free of charge, including:
How do I sign up for electronic payments?
It's quick and easy to sign up to receive benefits electronically. Call Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Contact Center at 1-800-333-1795. Sign up online at www.GoDirect.org. Also, Social Security can help you sign up.
Direct Express is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service.
Contact your local Social Security Administration Office for all the latest updates on benefits and filing requirements.
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